Not So Luxurious
Arriving on a Tuesday meant we were checking in with lah-dee-dah business folk who weren't a bit impressed with the grand lobby. I took it all in like a happy tourist. The grand 2-story atrium was once again open. It had been closed in for years to make room for extra meeting space.
Clean and Fresh
We've actually seen a lot of lovely stained glass in historic hotels, but this one seemed bolder and brighter than most. I wasn't able to find out if this was the original stained glass or if it was lost when the atrium was closed up. New or old, it's a nice addition.
More Royal Gold
Cary Grant was here with his wife in 1986. He felt ill and was unable to appear at the nearby Adler Theatre. It's not clear whether he died in room 901, or in the nearby. It's sad to think I was walking through the last place where Cary Grant walked before his death. I kept an eye out for his ghosts.
Our Room.. not on Cary's Floor
Our hall was not on the same hall as Cary Grant's room. In fact his room doesn't even exist anymore. During renovations they shuffled space and his room is no longer available. But I'd say our room seems nice enough for a movie star. Cushy and spacious, modern and comfy. We don't usually get all that with our stays at historic hotels.
Room with a View
It was hard to get to the big windows behind the bed, but there was a good view of the Mississippi! I love a river view! What I did't expect, was a view of the bathroom!
Shutters and TV Mirror
So the shutters were interesting. (No glass of course) But the bathroom TV cracked me up. I've seen TVs in bathrooms before, but this is the first TV built into a mirror that I've seen. I was sort of like a dog noticing a mirror for the first time. I wanted to keep touching those people on CNN to see what would happen.
Blackhawk Bowl and Martini Lounge!
Martinis and Dinner
We actually saved the martinis for the lobby bar which was having a half price special. Then it was dinner in the Bix Bistro, just off the lobby. My very "whippy" pumpkin bisque was almost as yummy as the chocolate torte that we took up to the room. The dessert was just one more freebie perk for hotel guests!
Making Use in the Morning
Don and I were determined to get our money's worth out of our hotel. By sunrise, I was working out in the fitness center and Don was swimming laps in 3rd floor pool. There was a great outdoor deck with lounge chairs and a river view. Wish we'd had time for a coffee out there!
Oh, and maybe that bowling alley. That was pretty memorable. Our first hotel with a bowling alley!
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!